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Tswana people are Bantu-speaking people including all the Tswana clans, decending as far as Egypt and East Africa, residing in Southern Africa. Batswana regardless of linguistic or ethnic origin, belong to eight major Sotho-Tswana clans Barolong, Bahurutshi, Bakwena, Bakgatla, Bangwato, Bakgalagadi, Baphiring, and Bafokeng.

Ancient Egyptian words Ra, Re, Ptah, Ta, Pa, Se largely resonate in a Tswana language for word FATHER and sometimes used to endow respect to men of dignity and Deities. The word for father in the Setswana language is given as Ra, re, rarae and even rara for the most high.

Batswana are described as the most peace-loving and timid section of the Bantu. Their statements, however, do not seem to be quite in accord with the facts; for fighting their way south, from the bottom of the Nile, some of the Batswana tribes became known as “The People with the Sharpspear”.


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E.g.: Batswana* or *motswana*

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History of the Bakwena ba Mogopa
Source: Historical Encyclopaedia of People of South Africa’s North West Province.

Ascendance of the Batswana tribes from the South
Source: The Bantu-speaking tribes of South Africa.

How Kgosi Lucas Mangope built Bophuthatswana from Scratch
Source: https://twitter.com/re_rata_Mangope.